U.S. and international security and intelligence agencies launched a major cyberwar game this week that tested how a long list of federal agencies and private companies could work together when the digital bombs start dropping.
The event, led by the Department of Homeland Security, is also the first major test for the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, in Arlington, Va. DHS says in a fact sheet that the game, which fires 1,500 cyber attacks on critical infrastructures, allows them to test out the National Cyber Incident Response Plan, which they call “a blueprint for cybersecurity incident response.”
Who will lead in a cyber attack is a tough question facing the White House. (See: In a world of cybersecurity, a question of who's in charge)
What types of young Americans will man the keyboards for the U.S. military in such attacks is also unclear. (See: Keystroke battles: Are young hackers the future of warfare?)
Participants this week include Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. In the U.S., the White House and Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Commerce, Energy, Transportation and the Treasury, which houses the Secret Service, played along. In addition, eleven U.S. states, more than 60 companies were involved, according to French wire service AFP.
The event has lit up the tech press watchers on Twitter, for those interested in the nitty gritty.
Look back to see how the game played out.